ISLAMIC STATE – Western Mosul Frontine (reportage photo)

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Wreckage of a building after an airstrike, in Al-Jawsar neighborhood, on the 10th of April 2017, western Mosul, Iraq.

 

Iraqi armed forces continue pushing the battle to recapture Mosul. The city was captured by ISIS in early june 2014 and has been ruled by since then. Its been a bit more than a year that Iraqi troops have started the offensive and deliberately they are coming to an end. Troops slowed advancing down as the civilian casualties increased by the airstrikes and shelling in march, however more than 75% of the city center has already been recaptured by Iraqi forces. Photographer Uygar Onder Simsek was there at western Mosul frontline to document the actual situation.

In the midst of the fight, a family who survived fleeing Mosul after Iraqi forces recaptured the neighborhood where they had been living, on the 11th of April 2017, around Mosul Airport, western Mosul, Iraq.

 

 

 

Iraqi Federal Police shooting mortars towards ISIS positions, in Dayaran neighborhood, on the 8th of April 2017, western Mosul, Iraq. 

 

A sniper of the Iraqi Federal Police firing at ISIS positions, from a former post office on Al-Nabi Sheet street, on 9th of April 2017, western Mosul, Iraq.

 

An Iraqi Federal Police officer looking at the ISIS-held Al-Nuri Mosque where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the creation of a new caliphate in 2014, at a distance of 400 meters from the Al-Nuri Mosque, on the 9th of April 2017, western Mosul, Iraq.

 

An Iraqi Federal Police officer looking at the ISIS-held Al-Nuri Mosque where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the creation of a new caliphate in 2014, at a distance of 400 meters from the Al-Nuri Mosque, on the 9th of April 2017, western Mosul, Iraq.

 

Two members of the Iraqi Federal Police forces praying in a room that used to be a shop before the neighborhood turned into the frontline, around Mosul Train Station, on the 10th of April 2017, western Mosul, Iraq.

 

Civilian vehicles are used to block a street from car bombs and snipers, on Al-Saddiq street, on 11th april 2017, western Mosul, Iraq.

 

Overview of western Mosul from Al-Nabi Sheet street, on the 9th of April 2017, western Mosul, Iraq.

 

Two members of the Iraqi Federal Police resting and messaging in a building on the western Mosul frontline, on the 9th of April 2017, western Mosul, Iraq.

 

Iraqi Federal Police members talking to an old couple that was stuck on the frontline, in Al-Jawsar neighborhood, on the 8th of April 2017, western Mosul, Iraq.

 

Civilians, secured by the Iraqi army are waiting in line to get food at a distribution point, in Dawasa neighborhood, on the 11th of April 2017, western Mosul, Iraq.

 

Tigris River, on 11th april 2017, south-western Mosul, Iraq.

 

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Uygar Önder ŞIMŞEK

Photographer (MOKU Agency – Turkey)

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